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October

  • Plant trees, shrubs, Dutch bulbs(including tulips!) and hardy mums
  • Apply fert·lome Weed Out for dandelions and other broadleaf weeds
  • Plant grass seed by about October 20th
  • During late October to early November, fertilize established trees, shrubs and evergreens
  • Pick out some pumpkins, mums and gourds to decorate for fall
  • Enjoy the beauty of fall and come visit Blueville for Fall Field Days, October 18th and 19th.
 
 
 

October 4th - October 19th
Buy 3 trees we'll plant them free!
October 4th thru the 19th - Container trees only. Applies to garden store sales only, and previous purchases are not elgible.

October 18th and 19th
October Fall Field Days
October 18th is kids day! Children will receive a small pumpkin and a hay rack ride, along with other crafty activities. October 19th we will have hay rack rides from 9 am to 4 pm along with lots of great treats, prizes and specials. Shrubs will be 25% off and 1 gallon perennials 50% off.

 
Horticulture Hints
 

Add Compost to SoilAmmend your soils this fall

Fall is a great time to amend the garden to make sure you have a bumper crop next year. Often in the spring we receive frequent rains and it can be difficult to work the soil. It is never recommended that you work the soil while it is wet, this can form clods that are hard to break down. If a few clods are made in the fall while tilling, the freezing and thawing in the winter will break them down. Another reason to prepare the garden soil in the fall is to prevent insects and disease. Bugs like to hide in left over debris, working that into the soil give them a less fighting chance for survival.

Autumn is an excellent time of year to add organic matter! This includes leaves, grass clippings, and garden debris.

When using leaves I like to shred them with the lawn mower and layer them on top of my vegetable garden tilling in about 3 inches of organic material.

If you can't find any material to add to your garden you can always add my favorite cotton burr compost or composted manure. Add about 2 inches to the surface and till it in. Be careful to not overwork your soil, you want to have pieces about the size of marbles.

Customers often ask if they should add sand to their soil for an amendment. This is not a good idea with clay soils. The two particles work together to make a soil that is almost like concrete. It would take lots and lots of sand for it to be effective.

With this beautiful weather there is no better time to work in the garden. And to have the best garden next year amend your soils now.

Composting leaves

When composting leaves it is best to mix some nitrogen into the leaves as you add them to the pile. Leaves are high in carbon, which makes great compost, but they are low in nitrogen. You can add nitrogen in the form of a fertilizer or fresh green organic matter such as grass clippings. The best ratio is 1 part green to 2 parts brown. If you use a fertilizer, be sure to select one that doesn't contain any weed killers. Layering with a layer of soil is also good for quicker composting.

As you add leaves to the compost, moisten them until they're the consistency of a wet sponge. Check the compost regularly and water to maintain adequate moisture content. Moisture is slow to soak through a leaf pile and is needed for decomposition. Be careful not to over-water, because you don't want the leaves to be soggy.

Turn you pile frequently to assure that you that you have oxygen getting into your pile. Turning also keeps the pile from compacting, which reduces airflow and slows down decomposition.

 
Nancy's Notebook
 

October Fall Festival a Blueville Tradition

October Fall Field Days has been a long tradition which we plan to keep going for years to come. We plan on having tours of the fields of trees which are magnificent and seeing them growing here in Manhattan lets you know that they would do great in your yard and touring in the fall gives you a great perspective of the fall colors. The Fall Festival this year is on the weekend of October 18th and 19th. On the 18th we plan to have tours for the children from 9:00 to 4:00, weather permitting, please call if you have a class that would like a wagon ride. Each child will get a free small pumpkin. We will have pumpkin painting all day as well as spider making, everything will be provided, just bring the kids. On October 19th as mentioned before we will be giving hay rack tours of the fields. We will be giving away lots of great items and everyone will get a free shiny apple and a glass of hot spiced cider! Be sure to come out and join all the festivities and let us help you enjoy the colors of fall. October 19th will also be the last day of our “Buy 3 Trees we will plant them Free”, and we will be having great specials on our shrubs and one gallon perennials.

Avery's Additions

Plant now for Spring Color!

For spectacular color in the spring, plant bulbs now! For the greatest impact, always plant large numbers close together; a planting of 50 or more gives a great display of color. Provide continuous color for weeks by planting early-blooming, mid-season blooms and late-blooming tulips together. To add some great fragrance, plant hyacinths!

For tulips, choose a site with well-drained, loose, porous soil, with at least six hours of direct sunlight. Daffodils can take a bit more shade and thrive in a more naturalized, woodland setting. Add compost, peat moss, or other humus-rich substances to improve heavy clay soils or to help excessively sandy soils retain moisture. Work these materials into the soil 12 to 18 inches deep to encourage root growth.

It is important to fertilize your bulbs with a well-rounded fertilizer that includes nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Fertilize the day you plant, and again in the spring when the foliage begins to emerge.

When purchasing bulbs, make sure you select large, high quality bulbs; the bigger the bulb, the better the flower the following season. Make sure the bulb is firm and dense, without blemishes, cuts, or mold.

Plant spring bulbs three times deeper than the width of the bulb. Most large bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, should be planted about eight inches deep. The deeper a tulip bulb is planted, the better the chance tulips will bloom for years to come. A depth of eight to ten inches is good for tulips, while smaller bulbs will be planted three to four inches deep. One good method of planting is to dig a large trench and evenly space the bulbs within it.Bulb augers that attach to a drill are also available and make planting easy.

After the bulbs are covered and fertilized, water them in deeply. This initial watering should be sufficient until spring if there is plenty of moisture throughout the fall and winter months.

By the time Spring arrives and your beautiful blooms have begun to show, the effort to get them in the ground will have been worth it! Enjoy your blooms inside and out. Spring bulbs make great cut flowers as well. We have a great selection of high quality tulip bulbs, different varieties of daffodil as well as crocus, hyacinth, fritillaria, snowdrops, and allium. When spring arrives and you have planted an abundance of bulbs, you will certainly enjoy the many colors these plants provide. So plant now for great spring color!

 
 

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